Steve Perry Biography
Last updated: 03/28/2014 11:53:51 PM
Name: Steve Perry
Born: January 22, 1949
Birthplace: Hanford, California
Mother: Mary Perry
Father: Raymond Perry
Siblings: Only Child
Steve Perry has had a very successful career. He has lead one of the most successful bands of the 70's, 80's, and 90's while continuing a prosperous solo career. Mr. Perry is best known for being the lead singer in the band Journey. He recorded 10 albums with Journey that sold more then 45 million copies. With this Steve also recorded two highly successful solo albums.
Perry, who originally played drums, was involved with several pre-Journey bands including The Nocturns, Dollar Bills, Sullies, Pieces, and Alien Project. The Sullies won the battle of the bands in Calaveris County, playing against 80 other bands. Alien Project was close to signing a record deal when their bass player was killed in an auto accident on July 4th. Steve almost gave up on music for good. Shortly after, though, he was contacted by Herbie Herbert, who said the band Journey listened to a demo tape and liked his singing style. None of Perry's former bands recorded any official material.
With Perry on vocals, Journey's style would change. Their fourth album, Infinity (1978), became their first successful album. They would go on to record nine more albums. Journey with Steve became one of the late 70's early 80's "Stadium Bands". That means they could fill any stadium in any town and that is just what they did. Steve, while still with Journey, also release a solo effort to rave reviews. The name of the record was "Street Talk". Perry also appeared on numerous soundtracks(with Journey) and on the record "We Are The World" by USA For Africa.
After recording Journey's 9th album "RAISED ON RADIO" Steve took time off from music to help take care of his ill mother. With Perry not there Journey disbanded. In 1994, Steve emerged from out of what seemed like no where to release his second solo album "For the Love Of Strange Medicine". On the record was a song entitled "Any Way" which was about the time apart from the band. After Perry came back it was only a matter of time before Journey was back. In 1996 Journey reformed to release their 10th and final album with Steve called "TRIAL BY FIRE". The band finally received their first Grammy nomination with the release of their reunion album. The song "When You Love A Woman" was nominated in the category for 'Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.'
In May 1998 Steve Perry announced that he was officially leaving Journey. The split came in the wake of a conversation between Perry and Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain in which it was decided that, if Perry's health issues prohibited him from committing to a tour at that time, Cain and original Journey guitarist Neil Schon would reform the band with a new singer. Drummer Steve Smith also left Journey.
Perry has recently worked with David Foster and Carole Bayer-Sager in writing and recording "I Stand Alone," the principle track for the soundtrack to the animated feature film Quest For Camelot.